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Chicago’s Lakeshore Theater To Close Abruptly Due To “Insufficient Revenues”


On April Fools Day of all days, news circulated that popular Chicago comedy venue, The Lakeshore Theater, would be closing its doors abruptly on April 10. Unfortunately, this was no prank. Manager Chris Ritter released this statement:

Although revenues have been growing year after year, and the Lakeshore brand of great comedy, music and good times has been successfully established. Our revenues are simply insufficient to fund ongoing operations and the plant improvements that would be required to continue and take the business to the next level of success.

Although it was primarily a place to see standup performers such as Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Reggie Watts and Janene Garofalo, it was far from the average comedy club. Its sensibility could be understood with the posters that lined the walls, one of which said, “Dane Cook Sucks!” All upcoming shows, including a double bill of Mort Sahl and Dick Gregory, will be canceled. In a way, the Lakeshore Theater seemed too good to be true: a comedy venue with no two drink minimum and a large roster of free shows. I always wondered how the business stayed afloat. Now I know the answer: it didn’t.

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  1. skippy
    April 5th, 2010 at 22:26 | #1

    Not surprising. Just about everybody who worked there could have predicted it. The management was too busy having fun and boozing it up.

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